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Brownies to Die For!
By Bev Shaffer
ISBN: 1589803825
Publisher: Pelican
Format: Hardcover
List price: $24.95 
Type: Dessert: Brownies
Sample recipe: White Chocolate Chunk Butterscotch Brownies
Intended audience: novice advanced beginner good home cook gourmet professional
Apparent goal: stocking stuffer sampler comprehensive coffee-table Biblical stature
Competition: outclassed follower in the pack strong challenger likely champ
Variety: too little too much unusual nice mix just right
# of recipes: <50 <100 <200 <300 ≥300
Practical recipes: <20% <40% <60% <80% ≥80%
# of ingredients: ≤4 ≤7 ≤10 ≤12 >12
Ingredient hunt: 7-Eleven airfare required online pantry supermarket
Recipe complexity: too hard simple medium challenging professional
Instructions: inadequate verbose bare-bones full-figured educational
Time conscious: unconscious outright lies white lies realistic honorable
Cooking time: weekend project takes all day takes time ≥30 minutes <30 minutes
Added info: zip overwhelming scant balanced generous
Photos/drawings: none distracting decorative instructive glorious
Recipe results: ≤dorm food casual food family meals fancy food fit for royalty
Nutritional info: none overwhelming hit or miss adequate comprehensive
Tone: food police intense neutral supportive comforting
Result: guilt-inducing heavy-handed balanced encouraging inspiring
Format/Ease of Use
Layout: ugh cluttered fine considerate work of art
Legibility: unpleasant challenging tolerable clear brilliant
Production quality: cheesy dubious years of service gift quality stunning
Page numbers: non-existent hard-to-find spotty sufficient every page
Table of contents: AWOL frustrating passable useful excellent
Index quality: none tragic adequate good a treasure
Page flipping: upsetting tedious acceptable rare never
Writer: beginner food writer writing cook personality auteur
Cook: unknown self-taught chef teacher celebrity
Fulfills ambitions: falls short almost there satisfactory exceeds home run
Flavor delivered: sad inconsistent tasty delicious exceptional
Overall tone: sterile trying too hard straightforward best friend mom
Value: ouch! a little pricey worth splurging on the money a deal
Overall rating: skip it good very good excellent Ochef Top 100

Comments: How many brownie combinations can you make with chocolate, butter, eggs, flour, cocoa, vanilla, and a few nuts? Hundreds, it turns out. There are such fine distinctions between so many of these recipes, you really will have to make many of them to find out how they're different. Chances are, most readers will choose one of the two or three recipes they try and stick with it.

There are dozens of "standard" brownies, as well as fruit-laden, coffee-enhanced, white-chocolate-based, etc., etc., as well as a host of recipes for brownie pies, cookies, bars, ice creams, sorbets, sauces, frostings and icings. There are probably 6,314,696 combinations of brownie, nuts, fruits, toppings, glazes, etc. in the pages of this book. That should satisfy any and all brownie cravings.

It's a little odd to have so many recipes ask for both semisweet and bittersweet chocolate, when the author really doesn't distinguish between them in her chocolate glossary and in the marketplace, there is also no clear distinction. Whatever you find, though, will probably produce delightful results.


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